ABC News’ Jessica Desvarieux reports:
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain criticized President Obama for promising the commencement of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by July 2011.
“You don’t make those kind of statements not having all of the information. So now even his own party, they’re now demanding that he get more specific about when he’s going to get out,” said Cain on “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.
Cain has seen a recent uptick in his popularity, according to Gallup polls released last week. The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza showed the highest voter intensity score out of any Republican contender.
When asked if he thought former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin will enter the presidential race, Cain says he’s uncertain.
“But if I had to guess, I would say ‘no.’ But I wouldn’t bet on that,” Cain added.
Cain pushed back on criticism from Republicans like former Bush advisor Karl Rove who have dismissed him as a candidate with a compelling personal narrative.
“They are working off of the traditional model of great name ID before you start out, whole lot of money, and you’ve held public office before. Well, Herman Cain is just the reverse,” said Cain. “But guess what’s happening the American people aren’t looking at it from the traditional model standpoint.”
Republican presidential advisor Mark McKinnon agrees, saying that the 2012 presidential election will not be conventional.
“People are looking for non-traditional, anti-establishment candidate. And that’s not Mitt Romney,” said McKinnon.